Superheroes, Sabayad and SUVs: My Friend Jamal

Wednesday, April 30, 2008.

My Friend JamalAuthor: Anna McQuinn
Illustrator: Anna McQuinn and Ben Frey
Published: 2008 Annick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1554511224

Beaming boyhood bliss pops from zesty action-packed photography-and-paint collage as a spunky seven year old proudly presents the shared adventures and intriguing details of life with his very best bud, Jamal — who happens to be Somali.

Feudal Food, Facts & Fanfare: A Medieval Feast

Saturday, April 19, 2008.

A Medieval FeastAuthor: Aliki (a.k.a. Aliki Liacouras Brandenberg)
Illustrator: Aliki
Published: 1983 HarperTrophy (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0064460509

Generous illustrations with a fifteenth century flair combine with friendly, accessible narrative to make this well-researched account of the exhaustive preparations for and extravagance of a medieval feast an engaging story time favourite.

Brothers With Borders: The Puddle Pail

Thursday, April 10, 2008.

The Puddle PailAuthor: Elisa Kleven (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Elisa Kleven
Published: 1997 Tricycle Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1582462062

This wonderfully cluttered and sweetly retro story of a sibling’s soft struggle for individuality is a heartening celebration of creativity, character and acceptance.

More sibling dynamics on JOMB:

Greats Misbehaving: The Book Of Time Outs (A Mostly True History of the World’s Biggest Troublemakers)

Saturday, April 5, 2008.

The Book Of Time Outs: A Mostly True History of the World's Biggest TroublemakersAuthor: Deb Lucke
Illustrator: Deb Lucke
Published: 2007 Simon & Schuster (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1416928294

Chatty, irreverent narrative and outrageous edge-to-edge illustrations portray the crimes and punishments of fourteen famous historical figures as the antics, timeouts and grumblings of unruly children in this hilarious timeout corner staple.

Other books mentioned:

Check out the full list of non-fiction picture books nominated for the 2007 Cybils Awards here.

Slime, Crime and Greediness: The Three Fishing Brothers Gruff

Wednesday, March 26, 2008.

The Three Fishing Brothers GruffAuthor: Ben Galbraith
Illustrator: Ben Galbraith
Published: 2007 Hodder & Stoughton (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0340893427

Stubble, nastiness, dead fish and debris transform foul fishing tactics into a riveting affair in this gloriously disagreeable cautionary tale.

You can learn more about the real Poverty Bay (home of author/illustrator, Ben Galbraith) and Bay of Plenty here and here.

Refined Irreverence: Lady Lupin’s Book of Etiquette

Saturday, February 9, 2008.

Lady Lupin's Book of EtiquetteAuthor: Babette Cole
Illustrator: Babette Cole
Published: 2001 Peachtree Publishers
ISBN: 1561452572

Growls, scowls and rowdiness meet high-brow how-to in this boisterous blend of rules and rule-breaking. Speaking of civility, we do apologize — this chat accidentally spirals into Babette Cole related babbling…

Other books mentioned:

Exquisite Insanity: There Were Monkeys in my Kitchen!

Friday, January 25, 2008.

There Were Monkeys In My KitchenAuthor: Sheree Fitch (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Marc Mongeau (on JOMB)
Published: 1992 Doubleday Canada (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0385254709

Concentrated comedy, chaos, and commotion explode from every detail-packed image and fervent verse of this frenzied celebration of syllables and silliness.

Is it just me, or does this book perfectly capture the pandemonium of parenting?

Other books mentioned:

  • Mabel Murple

Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

Of Songbirds and Suffrage: She’s Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head

Wednesday, January 16, 2008.

She's Wearing a Dead Bird on Her HeadAuthor: Kathryn Lasky (on JOMB)
Illustrator: David Catrow (on JOMB)
Published: 1995 Hyperion (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0786811641

Scowls, gasps and frowns abound in this surprisingly informative yet thoroughly entertaining account of the Audubon Society, its origins and its triumph over the silliness of the dead-bird fashion industry.

Other books mentioned:

  • The Ballot Box Battle

You can read more about John Audubon’s Bird’s of America here.

Smart Thinking: Is A Worry Worrying You?

Wednesday, November 21, 2007.

Is A Worry Worrying YouAuthor: Ferida Wolff (on JOMB) and Harriet May Savitz (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Marie Le Tourneau
Published: 2005 Tanglewood Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1933718056

Collossal, consuming and yet so confoundedly intangible, that elusive gnawing that steals our peace of mind is given shaggy fur, a menacing grin and then several versions of “the boot” in this delightfully shadowy introduction to worries: what they are and how to send them packing.

Good Times, Noodle Salad*: Grandma’s Feather Bed

Friday, November 16, 2007.

Grandma's Feather BedAuthor: John Denver (John Conner)
Illustrator: Christopher Canyon
Published: 2007 Dawn Publications (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1584690968

We know, we know! Celebrity-linked children’s books certainly don’t need a mention from little old us, but with a song this belt-outable and illustrations so happy and full of popping off the page family fun, how could we resist?

Other books mentioned:

Other favourite sing-along books on JOMB:

** supply your own tune.

Riddles, Rhyme and Recognition: The Looking Book

Friday, November 2, 2007.

The Looking BookAuthor: Mary Ann Hoberman (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Laura Huliska-Beith (on JOMB)
Published: 2002 Little, Brown and Co. (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0316363286

Twenty-eight pages of mystery, mischief and marvelously meandering rhyme take us on a distraction-packed cat-finding mission that introduces youngsters to the numbers 1 to 28 and — perhaps, more importantly — introduces adults to the delightful art of dawdling.

Hip to Be Scared: Hallowe’en Hoots and Howls

Saturday, October 27, 2007.

Hallowe'en Hoots and HowlsAuthor: Joan Horton
Illustrator: Joann Adinolfi
Published: 1999 Henry Holt Young Readers (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0805058052

Nineteen upbeat poems and a generous cast of wacky-looking monsters serve up a blend of scariness and humour that provides a perfectly harmless Hallowe’en thrill.


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